The Amateurs

by  Jordan Harrison

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 2f

An intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. The arrival of a mysterious outsider sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script... and soon the 14th century plague begins to look like another, more recent one. This wildly inventive and funny new work examines the evolution of human creativity in a dark age: when does a crisis destroy us, and when does it open new frontiers?

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The Amateurs

by  Jordan Harrison

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    4m, 2f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)


" a profound and witty meta-theatrical meditation on the purpose of art and the role of the artist in times of disaster." -DC Metro 

"A hilarious, slightly eggheaded and strangely moving medieval backstager." The New York Times

"Audacious new comedy."The Wrap


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  • Community Theatre
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  • Time Period: Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 105 Minutes


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Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. The play had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons and its Chicago premiere at Writers Theatre after premiering at the Mark Taper Forum/CTG in Los Angeles. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Lo ...

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